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PT job so far

I must say the universe has been kind to me. Since the acquisition of this part time job happened so quickly, I was concerned that it might too much for me. Especially when the training schedule was not conducive to my day job.

I survived last week. The job itself is not rocket science. It does get a little repetitive and fast paced at times. But nothing I couldn’t handle. Plus by the time it starts to get to you, your shift is over. Three hours goes by fast, especially when most of it is busy.

“Training” lasts 5 weeks. During this time shifts will not be longer than 4 hours. Next week’s schedule was released yesterday and I am only working 2 shifts, Friday 5:30-8:30 and Saturday 4-7.

I will not be getting rich from this schedule but at least it does not interfere with my day job and I can get to work out 4 days in the gym this week. Attempting to work out in the morning was unsuccessful last week. So the ability to get back to what works is making me happy. I never thought I would miss working out. I’m sure I will eat those words tomorrow night on the treadmill.

Other than that life has been relatively uneventful. Just the way I like it.

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That was fast

I got confirmation on Thursday that I was offered the position, along with a training schedule that is not exactly conducive to my day job.

I was assured that it was only for next week, so we shall see.

The first part of training is 6 hours during the day Monday. I then have one 4 hour shift and three 3 hour shifts to round out the week. All shifts end at 7 pm so no late nights. 🙂 Not sure how long that will last, but I’ll go with it.

Since my first week of shifts are so short, it makes me wonder if the shifts they asked me about for my availability were current.

I will need to do a complete overhaul of my schedule. I don’t want to lose my 5 days a week work out momentum, so I am going to have to be on point with my days. In a perfect world, I would work out in the morning. Right now my cousin gets up at 4 am to work out. That seems a bit extreme for me. But I am going to try to follow her lead.

If I can get up and moving by 6 – 6:30 am to exercise, then I will be golden. Now to execute. If only it were that easy. As a non-morning person, this is going to be a challenge. But I have done it before, so maybe there will be some muscle memory that can be recalled. lol

Morning workouts mean that I will no longer be using the gym at work. 😦 I have really been enjoying … well maybe enjoying isn’t the right word … I have gotten into a good groove with going to the gym after work. I am seeing a difference in my body and I like it and want to get more into shape. I think the exercise has really helped with my energy level and immunity.

I deliberately left Sunday as unavailable to give me time to prepare for the week. My lazy weekends are going to be a thing of the past. I have a cousin who works both a full time and a part time job with rotating shifts. I will consult with her to see if she has any tips on how to make it work.

This weekend, I will pull my instant pot out of its box and figure out how it works. I think it will be a great help now that I don’t have all the time in the world. My meal planning will need to be on point as well.

I am going to have to be very organized. This may be a good change for me. Time will tell.

 

PT Opportunity

Not this past weekend but the weekend before, I went to a local chain restaurant and noticed there was a sign up announcing they are hiring. Since kitchen renovations don’t pay for themselves, I decided to go for it.

Instead of getting an application on the spot, I applied on-line. Truth be told I was really hungry and didn’t want to delay eating.

On-line there were also positions available in their call center, so I applied for that as well. I got an email last week to set up an interview for today. The call center is about 10 minutes away from my day job and about the same timing from my home.

At my interview, I was given an application to fill out. It included my availability. The shifts are longer that I would like. The shortest one is 6 hours. The latest shift starts at 5 pm. My day job ends at 5 pm. They are willing to work with me and offer a later start time. Even with that, I’m not sure that this is an opportunity I really want to take on.

There are mandatory shifts. One must work 2 out of 3 days between Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend shifts are all evening shifts. Basically the weekend would be gone. Also, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are mandatory.

The lady who interviewed me is not the one making the decision, but she did think I would hear by the end of the week if they want to offer me the job. Training would be 2-3 days and then I would be live.

It doesn’t seem like complicated work. I would be taking food orders over the phone and entering it into their system.

I didn’t think to ask what the minimum amount of shifts I could work per week. I am hoping it is 2 or 3. Even that makes for long days as the earliest end time is 11 pm. While I am usually up at that hour, I am happily relaxing on the couch.

I think if offered the job, I will take it and try it out. Worse case scenario, if I don’t like it I can quit. Plus extra money can’t hurt right?

 

Got to do better

I need to add one more thing to my “resolutions” list of things to do better. For the past 5-6+ weeks, I have been having trouble getting to work on time. So far, no one has said anything and I do stay later to make up the time. But I’d like to get it under control before someone says anything to me. Also the earlier I get to work (read on time), then the earlier I can go to the gym and take my sweaty self home.

I have one more boot camp class tomorrow and then it is over!! I feel a little bad, as we require 4 people to have another session and 3 out of the 4 of us are not interested in signing up right away. My coworker who wants to go again is disappointed that no one else wants to continue. 2 of us are over it and the other is away for most of next month so it makes no sense for her to sign up right now.

My coworker is trying to get me to commit to starting in back up in March but I just can’t. I don’t enjoy the trainer that much and I have been able to convince myself to get into the habit of going to the gym every day by myself. Not sure what I will want to do in 6 weeks, but right now it’s a no for me.

Now I just need to make some food as I ran out and ended up buying lunch on Friday. 😦

Been busy

I didn’t lie … I really am trying to be back.

The past few weeks have been filled with work. We are doing the forecast and budget for the remainder of the year and the next. I will be the first to say I had no clue what I was doing or what was expected of me.  It has been a learning experience to say the least.

Couple that with more get togethers and outings and you get one tired girl.

One of my many cousins is getting married next month. We had her bachelorette over the past weekend. It started Friday night at a hotel party. The entire party was late, so my BFF & I had a bite to eat. I capped it off with this lovely plate of Angel Food cake.

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Saturday morning, we met for brunch, where the majority of the lot were late again. It was a lovely brunch and by chance I ran into an old coworker I haven’t seen in at least 15 years.

After that we were headed to an obstacle course which I am sure would have hurt me seriously but the bride’s sister had a bit of an emergency and I agreed to take her home. I actually don’t think they thought I would do the obstacle course so I was volunteered.

Maybe it was a good thing I didn’t go as I came home and fell asleep on the couch for 2.5 glorious hours.

The earliest I have been home this week was tonight at 7:30. Not work related at all. My Dad gifted me a vehicle so he were getting it ready for me so we could do the transfer before he leaves on Saturday to visit my Grandfather for 3 weeks. The urgency was heightened as we needed to get it fully transfered before his birthday next week when his plates expire.

While I am not in love with my new car, it was a free and in better condition than my current car so it’s a big win and I thanked him for this gift. It is all completed now and ready for me to make my annual trip to Maryland in 2 weeks.

I am so looking forward to the change of scenery. I need a break from the every day grind. Plus I now have a bigger car … 🙂 There may be some shopping in my future.

 

I’m back!!

I miss this space and am going to make an honest attempt to get back to here more often.

I have been out enjoying the summer and it is now winding down so I should have some time to write again. There has also been some reading. 🙂 I’m on track to reach my Goodreads goal of 25 books this year. Go me!!

Over the summer I have had the opportunity to visit/meet up with various friends and family. Great for my spirit, not so good for my wallet.

A couple of years (dang way too long), back I started an impromptu book club and I let it fall by the wayside. I will be reviving some sort of monthly or bi-monthly get together with my friends and family.

This will also get me to deep clean my place a lot more often. 😉 I just need to settle on my living room arrangement. A reorganization of my furniture is long overdue. I would like to change my TV stand and have been going back and forth with myself as there is nothing wrong with my  current one. However, I would like something with drawers to store my DVDs in to reduce the visual clutter.

I am slowly getting rid of things that are just taking up space. I am having honest conversations with myself regarding the likeliness that I really need all these things. It is a work in progress.

I have put off my kitchen renovation until spring. I would like to have less before I start as I will have to store everything in my kitchen throughout the rest of my place and that is a bit overwhelming right now.

Next year will be an expensive year as not only do I want to do these renos, I also want to travel. I have a cousin in Portland who teases me with the most gorgeous scenery pics. A visit is long overdue. To assist with this I am looking for a part time job. Not sure how successful this will be as I only want to work 1 or 2 nights in the week and on the weekends. I have applied to a few places and fingers crossed I can find a company that works with my lifestyle.

I was inspired by one of my cousin’s who managed to work a full time and a near full time part time job in order to come up with the down payment for her house. She has young-ish children and made it work for the year. My kids are pretty much grown. Diva will be 18 next month, so I have a lot of  some extra time which could be best used to make extra cash.

This is my short term plan; declutter, work more, exercise, repeat. Short term pain for long term gain.

Not a secret anymore

I forgot to tell you that while I was working the sale, one of my old coworkers was in the line up and came up to me to see what I was doing. I couldn’t lie and pretend I wasn’t working there so I fessed up. We had already planned to meet up last night before my accidental big reveal. It was all good. She was never really one of the chatty ones and has promised to keep my workplace confidential.

A different coworker wanted to meet for lunch and when I told her I was unavailable, it came out that I got a job.

She has since told others.

I’m OK with people knowing that I am working. I just don’t want anyone to know where. Reason being, the manager that hired me, that was let go last year was sent a cease and desist letter from the head office for breach of contract. Now her case is a little more cut and dry that mine as she started up a company in the same industry. But it would not surprise me if someone where I used to work was feeling extra vindictive and came after me, since my new job has a lot of shared customers as the old one.

It’s a headache I am hoping to avoid.

My lunch buddy is a nosy, chatty one and I would prefer to keep where I am working from her as long as possible. I did reach out to her last night and told her I got a job but I down played it and surprisingly she didn’t push. Funny thing is she used to work where I am now working.

Plus, I also find that when people find out you’ve moved on they want to know if you can get them a job wherever it is that you are now at. Like you have some say in the hiring process of the company you just got to.

Does that sound bad?